Brazil, Alex

Brazil. Alex. Palais des congrès, Montreal, 2013

Why Brazil? I asked.

“I bought it on e-bay. You see, it’s half black and half white, anti-racism jersey.”

I met Alex at the Mondial de la bière where he was working. I have a soft spot for people going to work in a soccer shirt. And this is not your ordinary jersey but a special Anti-Racism edition. Alex bought the one with Pelé’s name on the back. He has one with Maradona’s as well. He doesn’t follow soccer much but he ‘likes sports in general’. He told me: ‘If you want to have two soccer jerseys, what’s better than to have Pelé and Maradona.’ He does modelling and he is also an artist. As he was showing me some of his images on his phone he made an interesting observation: ‘I have these weird ideas, so I photograph them, it’s much easier than writing about them.’ His favourite colour is pink.

If I only new, back in October when I met Pelé, that I will meet Alex, I would get something signed for him.

With Pelé and some friends, New York City, 2012


Brazil, Darren

Brasil. Darren. St. Catherine/Guy, Montreal, 2012

Why Brasil? I asked.

“I have the shirt for a long time and just decided to wear it today.”

I saw him at the ATM inside the bank and waited patiently outside. Darren, just like every other person in a soccer shirt, was happy to have his photograph taken. He came from Ontario to study in Montreal. He told me how he bought the jersey during the 2004 World Cup but doesn’t wear it often. Neither is he a huge soccer follower. Darren would like to find Trinidad jersey though, since that’s where his parents come from, but no luck yet. Or maybe he’s not looking hard enough.

Brazil, Ahmed

Brasil. Ahmed. St. Catherine/Guy, Montreal, 2011

Why Brasil? I asked.

“I just like Brazilian football.”

I interrupted Ahmed while he was texting, determined not to let him go without a picture. He didn’t need much convincing. Ahmed is from Egypt but he lives in Montreal, again a number of continents meet in a single football shirt. I’ve never seen a guy on the street dressed in a jersey that fits him so well. Ahmed should be modelling for the manufacturer, or for the Brazilian football association. He certainly looks much better in that shirt than Adriano, whose name is on the back of Ahmed’s shirt.

Brasil. Ahmed. St. Catherine/Guy, Montreal, 2011

Brazil, Moreira

Moreira. Brasil. Monkland/Old Orchard, Montreal 2011

Why Brasil? I asked.

“My name is Moreira.”

When I spotted a Brazilian shirt coming down the street I briefly debated if I should include in this series the people wearing a national team shirt. But Mr. Moreira was too good looking to let him pass by. I stopped him as he walked by me with his family. Our brief conversation revealed that Mr. Moreira lives in Montreal “at the moment”.